Tagged: Ciudad Victoria

Cartel frees teen inmates in Mexican border state

(BREITBART) — CIUDAD VICTORIA, Tamaulipas — A team of cartel gunmen from one of the factions of Los Zetas rescued eight teenagers serving various prison terms at a juvenile center in the town of Guemez, north of this city.

After beating and threatening detention center officers and staff, two teams of cartel gunmen were able to remove the juvenile inmates. Because the facility is meant to hold underage offenders, the security conditions were no match for the team of gunmen.

The breakout caused a massive deployment of military and police forces to detain the escapees. One day later, authorities claimed they captured two of the fugitives.

An intelligence report revealed that the inmates were busted out under orders of a cartel boss known only as Z-28. The juvenile detention center is just a short drive north from Ciudad Victoria along the highway that connects with the border city of Matamoros.

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Mexican cartel gunmen murder toddler, family in shooting spree

(BREITBART) — CIUDAD VICTORIA, Tamaulipas — Cartel gunmen murdered a two-year-old boy and his family in the most recent execution in a trend of violence without end.

On Sunday early morning, a team of gunmen stormed a home in the Infonavit Aldama neighborhood, a housing project in the city.

The gunmen went around the perimeter shooting the four family members, including a two-year-old boy.

A series of graphic photographs obtained by the Cartel Chronicles project reveal in gory detail how the gunmen killed Jose Esteban Huerta, 37, his wife Yolanda de la Cruz Urbina (40), their daughter 19-year-old Yahaira Elizabeth Huerta de la Cruz and two-year-old Jose Ramiro Huerta de la Cruz.

As Breitbart Texas reported, Ciudad Victoria is ground zero for a fierce war between Los Zetas Cartel factions. Through executions, kidnappings, shootouts and other violent means, the rivals continue to fight for lucrative drug distribution territories and trafficking routes to the U.S.-Mexico Border.

Initially, the war was between the Cartel Del Noreste faction that primarily operates in Nuevo Laredo and the border state of Coahuila and the alliance of Vieja Escuela Z and Grupo Bravo. Since then, Grupo Bravo (now using the name Z) and Vieja Escuela have disbanded their alliance and now the three factions continue a war on separate fronts.

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More violence expected as cartel splinters in Northern Mexico

(BREITBART) — CIUDAD VICTORIA

A series of banners hung this week point to yet another split within the Los Zetas cartel and more violence as a result.

As Breitbart Texas has reported, for more than one year, two rival factions of the Los Zetas cartel have been fighting for control of key drug trafficking territories. The violence between the Los Zetas factions called Cartel Del Noreste and Grupo Bravo/Zetas Vieja Escuela has spread terror in this city as shootouts, kidnappings and gory executions have become an almost daily occurrence. The fighting has since spread from the state of Tamaulipas into Nuevo Laredo and Coahuila.

As a result of the fighting, Los Zetas Vieja Escuela recently met in Matamoros to work out a partnership with their former allies in the Gulf Cartel, Breitbart Texas reported. In exchange for using the Gulf Cartel routes, Los Zetas Vieja Escuela would share funds, weapons and manpower.

Most recently, cartel gunmen from Grupo Bravo hung a series of banners throughout Ciudad Victoria announcing an internal split within the cartel faction. The gunmen who hang the banner are now calling themselves Grupo de la O, or the O Group. Mexican law enforcement sources consulted by Breitbart Texas revealed that the name is a reference to jailed Gulf Cartel boss and Los Zetas founder Osiel Cardenas Guillen.

Mexican intelligence sources in Mexico revealed that the Grupo de la O is based out of Matamoros and appears to be made up of relatives of the Cardenas family as well as the Gulf Cartel cells called Cobra, Satan, Puma and Chuta. “Old Cobras” is the nickname used within the Gulf Cartel to refer to each of the original members of the Los Zetas during the time when the two were allies.

The new player fighting for Ciudad Victoria adds another layer to the already bloody fight for the city. Almost every day, citizen journalists or authorities have reported new shootings, gun battles or gruesome executions as the cartel members fight for control.

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Cartel war continues to dump bodies in Mexican neighborhoods

(BREITBART) — CIUDAD VICTORIA, Tamaulipas — The ongoing war for control of lucrative drug trafficking territories continues to spread terror in this border state as executions and dumped bodies are increasingly commonplace.

Earlier this week, authorities found the bodies of an underage female, a woman, and a man that showed signs of torture prior to execution. The bodies were found in a poor neighborhood off Las Torres Avenue. Military personnel rushed to cordon off the area while investigators documented the crime scene.

The female victims had their hands tied and their heads wrapped in trash bags, while the male victim had his hands tied and his body was wrapped in a blanket. None of the rival factions of the Los Zetas cartel have taken credit for the gruesome murder to date. The gory scene comes days after as Breitbart Texas reported gunmen kidnapped, interrogated, tortured and murdered a woman named Fabiola Serna. The interrogation of Serna was recorded on video and then uploaded to her hacked Facebook account by members of the Grupo Bravo / Vieja Escuela Z.

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Cartel civil war kills 13 in 24 Hours near Texas border

(BREITBART) — CIUDAD VICTORIA, Tamaulipas — The war between two rival factions of the Los Zetas Cartel has set off an unstoppable wave of violence that continues to spread death and terror. This week, the violence spiked with seven executions and a gun battle that killed six others in a span of less than 24 hours.

The most recent violent event took place on Thursday early morning when authorities faced off with six cartel gunmen at a stash house in the Jacarandas neighborhood. The Tamaulipas government revealed that three gunmen died in the gun battle–but also found the bodies of three victims who appeared to have been previously executed.

Less than 24 hours before the fight, the streets in Ciudad Victoria were once again filled with blood when a team of gunmen pulled up to a house asking for an organized crime member. Information provided to Breitbart Texas by the Tamaulipas government revealed that after failing to find their rival, the gunmen executed four men that were inside the house.

The victims were identified as 56-year-old Raul Avalos Guerra, a Taco restaurant owner; 35-year-old local businessman Antonio Sanchez Soto, 24-year-old Taco stand worker Raul Alejandro Sanchez Alfaro and 19-year-old Daniel Antonio Avalos Aladro, a baseball player for the Los Broncos team in Reynosa.

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Shootouts in Mexico Border City Kill 11, Including Bystander

(THE BLAZE) — CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico — Two highway shootouts between soldiers and suspected drug gang members in a northern border city resulted in 11 dead Saturday, including a bystander caught in the crossfire, Mexican authorities reported.

The violence in Nuevo Laredo, across from Laredo, Texas, prompted the temporary closure of the highway, which is a major artery for travel and commerce between the United States and Mexico.

The Tamaulipas state government said in a statement that the armed confrontations began early Saturday when troops killed eight suspected criminals on the highway. Soldiers seized a truck and high-caliber weapons, it said.

An hour later another shootout broke out nearby in which two suspects were killed, along with a woman who was traveling in her car, authorities said.

Nuevo Laredo Mayor Carlos Canturosas said Saturday night via Facebook that the highway, which handles nearly half of the export-import cargo between Mexico and the United States, had reopened.

Nuevo Laredo has experienced high violence rates as rival factions of the Zetas drug cartel fight for control of the area.

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Cartel gunmen kill another reporter in Mexican border state

(BREITBART) — Cartel gunmen have killed a another Mexican reporter as the security conditions in that country continue to spiral out of control. In 2016, there have been six other cases of murdered journalists in Mexico.

The murder took place in Ciudad Victoria, the state capital of Tamaulipas. The local reporter is the latest victim in the out of control violence brought to the region, as two rival factions of the Los Zetas cartel fight for control.

On Monday shortly after 6:30 a.m., Zamira Ester Bautista Luna was getting into her silver car right outside of her home on the city’s south side, when the gunmen struck. Sources close to the case confirmed to Breitbart Texas that Bautista was getting into her vehicle when a group of gunmen drove by in an unknown model vehicle and shot her — killing her instantly. According to information released by the Tamaulipas government the gunmen left behind a cardboard sign attempting to tie their victim to organized crime.

Breitbart Texas spoke with other individuals from Ciudad Victoria who said that Bautista Luna had worked at a local TV station and in other print outlets in the past. Most recently she had worked as a middle school teacher and in her off time as freelance writer on small print publications. They said the Bautista wrote only about high society and local events. The sources added that she never covered anything about organized crime. Residents from the city said Bautista was a well-liked teacher and remain skeptical about any messages aimed at defaming her.

Bautista Sauceda is the latest victim of an ongoing struggle between rival factions of the Los Zetas drug cartel. One faction known as the Cartel Del Noreste (CDN) has been fighting to keep control of the city from their rivals Grupo Bravo/ Vieja Escuela, Breitbart Texas previously reported. The ongoing violence between the two criminal organizations has resulted in almost daily executions, beheadings, drive by shootings and kidnappings. Despite the brutality taking place in Ciudad Victoria, mainstream media in both Mexico and the U.S. have largely ignored the daily acts of violence.

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Los Zetas cartel civil war brings kidnappings and executions to Mexican state bordering Texas

(BREITBART) — CIUDAD VICTORIA — Cartel violence continues to rain down terror in this city as two rival factions of the Los Zetas cartel fight for territorial control. The violence continues to hold average citizens hostage as cartel gunmen carry out kidnappings, executions and other violence acts in public venues and in broad daylight.

As Breitbart Texas previously reported, two rival factions of the Los Zetas drug cartel have spend a little over seven months fighting over the Ciudad Victoria, the capital of the border state of Tamaulipas. One faction calling themselves Vieja Escuela Z (Old School Z) with the help of another group called Grupo Bravo, have made a push for the city and tried to remove the faction known as Cartel Del Noreste (CDN). The later faction picked that name in an effort to distance themselves from the cruel practices commonly associated with Los Zetas.

Tamaulipas authorities have focused on kidnapping cases since cartel linked groups have taken advantage of the raging violence to target innocent victims for profit. Despite the violence, high ranking government officials have largely ignored the events and as Breitbart Texas previously reported, have ordered the release of captured organized crime leaders, much to the displeasure of police forces on the ground.

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Mexican government, media silent as civil war executions become everyday event

(BREITBART) — CIUDAD VICTORIA, Tamaulipas — The Mexican government and local media remain silent while cartel violence and executions have become a common occurrence in this city as two rival factions of the Los Zetas cartel continue to fight for control.

While government officials and news outlet remain largely silent, citizens journalists continue to use social media and messaging applications to warn each other about the impending dangers outside of their front door.

As Breitbart Texas previously reported, two rival factions of the Los Zetas cartel, known as Vieja Escuela Zeta/Grupo Bravo and Cartel Del Noreste (CDN) have been fighting for control of this city. The violent turf war has resulted in a regular beheadings and gory executions.

One of the more disturbing trends deals with the increasing number of underage teenagers who have joined the ranks of organized crime. Last week, Mexican federal police tracked down and rescued a kidnapping victim. During the rescue attempt, one of the three kidnappers tried to fight off authorities and was quickly gunned down. The other two kidnappers were identified as being only 14- and 17-years-old respectively.

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